Friends and family of 16-year old Jenna Hernandez got together Sunday evening for a vigil in Aransas Pass. Hernandez was found murdered on Thursday.
The vigil took place just one day after Aransas Pass police arrested a former boyfriend, 18-year old Lawrence Mireles, who is a suspect is the murder. It is believed that, before her death, Hernandez allegedly shared text messages with Mireles and received a ride from him.
While that has to be proven in a court of law, those who knew the girl were trying to make some sense of what's happened.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, at the Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass.
Meanwhile, the attorney for the accused murderer is spoke out Sunday night, and said his client is innocent.
"I think they have the wrong person, because I interviewed him and then I went and interviewed the witnesses, and he was at a party," attorney Steve Fischer said. "A graduation party in Rockport that night. And there's people who were with him the whole night, and they're not relatives. I talked to them. They don't seem like they're lying."
He also said that people are up in arms about the murder, in an area that hasn't had many murders. "This is the biggest thing in Aransas Pass in many years, and people are rushing to judgement. They're making accusations on Facebook and everywhere else. Wait. The truth will come out."
Fischer said his client received some text messages from Hernandez, asking for a ride. He said Mireles was going to give her a ride, but decided against it because he had drank too much at the party. Mireles remains in jail on a $1 million bond.
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